ten·​rec ˈten-ˌrek How to pronounce tenrec (audio)
: any of numerous small often spiny mammalian insectivores (family Tenrecidae) chiefly of Madagascar

Examples of tenrec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tailless tenrec of Madagascar has litters of up to 32, according to the IUCN, while the naked mole rat has an average of 28. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 8 Apr. 2017

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Word History


French, from Malagasy tàndraka

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenrec was circa 1785

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“Tenrec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenrec. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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